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Mar 23, 2012 10:31 AM

Lodge Cast Iron Pan/Grill Pan. Worth buying?

So a kitchen supply store near me is having a sale and I can get a lodge grill pan and a fry pan (both cast iron for about $40. I know it's a pretty good deal price wise, but are these items I'm going to get a lot of use out of? I have a smallish apartment so smoke is a concern, but I do use my lodge dutch oven all the time, (although stew season is over). I'm cooking at home a lot more now and I've always had my eye on these items, I'm just wondering if I'm being greedy to want them or if they'll become staples in my kitchen.

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  1. Nocontact,

    I don't know if $20 is really a great deal for a Lodge grill pan and a fry pan. It really depends which grill pan and which fry pan. You can easily get them under $40 on Amazon -- depending the versions.

    " if they'll become staples in my kitchen."

    This really depends your cooking style. If you like to fry and sear, then you will get quite a bit of use out of the frying pan/skillet. The grill pan, by its nature, you will use much less.

    1. I have vintage cast iron skillets, and a Lodge grill pan. I use my grill pan every day for turkey bacon. If you cook bacon, you might well come to prefer that pan for it. I also use it for grilling burgers (hamburgers, salmon burgers, turkey burgers) and the odd fish fillet. I've grilled veggies in it as well, and they turn out well.

      I use mine on the high heat burner. I heat it on medium, and with bacon, usually lower the heat after a bit. I have a glass topped stove.

      I use my skillets for all sorts of things. I brown meat and poultry, make cheese sandwiches, make French toast, bake cornbread and biscuits and other things, saute onions, etc. I don't fry much. But for an egg or an occasional chicken breast, I prefer sauteing in non-stick.

      So, my lists might help you understand what you can use these 2 pans for. If I understand your post, the price is $40 for the two. I think this is a fair price, if they are Lodge pans. There have been several posts on several threads about posters' distrust of Chinese cast iron. I'd buy Lodge, if I was buying new. (Unless I had access to find cast iron from France).

      Hope this helps.

      1. My 12" Lodge grill pan is GREAT for steaks! IMO, a cast iron grill pan is absolutely the best way to make a steak (indoors, that is).

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        1. re: tanuki soup

          I forgot about steaks! You can get that pan as hot as you need to.

        2. They are running $10 each in Florida at garage sales and thrift shops.

          If you do buy them new, please check out all the threads addressing the multitude of ways to season the pans. If you should ask for the best way to season, expect at least 20 to 50 more posts.

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          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            And that's the truth. And each post will give conflicting advice as if it were gospel! LOL.

            1. re: sueatmo

              Haha, I experienced all of that when I purchased my lodge dutch oven! I know I'd use the flat pan, just wonder how much use I'd get out of the grill pan. The marks are nice I guess...

              1. re: Nocontact

                Sure the grill marks are nice! But better yet, its awfully easy to grill all sorts of stuff.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  Living on a boat, I clean my cookware with Dawn and sand and salt water. Joy if it is in the budget. This is an environment for the daily loss of patina, and the creation of layers of corrosion that results in explosive spalling. Every time I find a piece of old or heirlom cast iron, I give it a pass. Last week was a Griswold for $5 at a garage sale. I hope that whoever got it appreciates it.

                  I already have a 14 inch or so back-up in that size.

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